1976, the last time NY's primary mattered

Posted at 8:10 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 09:16:48-04

The year was 1976. The United States of America was celebrating its 200th birthday, Apple Computer was formed -- and people were dressing like this:


1976, according to many political experts, was also the last time New York's primary elections played a pivotal role in selecting our president.

So lets set the stage for you. During that primary, 40 years ago, Gerald Ford held off a Republican challenge by Ronald Reagan. That race ended with Ford winning a floor battle just a few months later at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

Meantime, on the Democratic side of things, Senator Henry Jackson from Washington State won the New York Primary, defeating Rep. Morris Udall of Texas and a young peanut farmer from Georgia named Jimmy Carter.

But, as we know from history, Carter eventually rallied to win the Democratic nomination and ultimately defeated Ford in the presidential election later that year. 


Ok, so let's fast forward 40 years to this year's Primary, set for April 19th. What's at stake? When it comes to Democrats, 291 delegates are up for grabs, making it the nation's second highest total for Democratic delegates.

For Republicans, 95 delegates are there for the taking, the fourth highest of Republican delegates.

It's important to note, New York is not a winner take all state like Ohio or Florida. Instead, delegates are awarded proportionately by Congressional district.

The bottom line, no matter who you support, your vote can truly make a difference this election season. If you still haven't registered, you still have time.

To vote in the Primary, you must be registered by March 25th. To vote in the General Election, your application must be received by October 19th.

To learn more just head to the New York State Board of Elections: http://on.ny.gov/1v74eXZ